Dr Robin Armstrong

Leader Mining Consultancy/Business Manager

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Economic and Environmental Earth Sciences
Contact: email

work: +44 20 7942 5892
mobile: +44 7799690169


GIS, Geochemistry, geological mapping and sampling, mineral deposits, mineralogy


I am a mineral deposits geologist who employs a range of tools and skills to study the nature of economically significant mineralization and its distribution through geological time and space. As the Mining Sector Leader I oversee the NHM’s consultancy services to the Mineral Exploration and Mining industry and have authored over 50 confidential consultancy reports. I have a diverse skills base that includes mineralogy, geochemistry, field mapping and sampling, and geographical information systems. I have specific interest in volcanic arc related styles of mineralization such as porphyry copper deposits and epithermal gold deposits. I currently supervise three PhD students investigating the world class porphyry deposits Resolution (Arizona, USA), Bingham Canyon (Utah, USA) and Oyu Tolgoi (Mongolia). I have a particular academic interest in the mineral deposits and metallogeny of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt. Currently I am part of the NHM team contributing to the EU Horizon 2020 funded FAME [Flexible And Mobile Economic processing technologies] project investigating the mineralogy, sustainable extraction and beneficiation of greisen, pegmatite and skarn deposits associated with rare metal granite systems in Europe.



PhD, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, 1995 - 1999

DEA, Université Blaise Pascal, France, 1994 - 1995

BSc (Hons), University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1990 - 1994

Employment history


Mining Sector Leader, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2004 - ongoing

Research Assistant to the Associate Keeper of Mineralogy, Natural History Museum, Department of Mineralogy, United Kingdom, 1999 - 2004


Guy A, Schulmann K, Janoušek V, Štípská P, Armstrong R, Belousova E, Dolgopolova A, Seltmann R, Lexa O, Jiang Y, Hanžl P (2015) Geophysical and geochemical nature of relaminated arc-derived lower crust underneath oceanic domain in southern Mongolia. Tectonics, doi: 10.1002/2015TC003845

Guy A, Schulmann K, Clauer N, Hasalova P, Seltmann R, Armstrong R, Lexa O, Benedicto A (2014) Late Paleozoic-Mesozoic tectonic evolution of the Trans-Altai and South Gobi Zones in southern Mongolia based on structural and geochronological data. Gondwana Research, 25 (1): 309 - 337. doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2013.03.014

Kroener A, Kovach V, Belousova E, Hegner E, Armstrong R, Dolgopolova A, Seltmann R, Alexeiev DV, Hoffmann JE, Wong J, Sun M, Cai K, Wang T, Tong Y, Wilde SA, Degtyarev KE, Rytsk E (2014) Reassessment of continental growth during the accretionary history of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt. Gondwana Research, 25 (1): 103 - 125. doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2012.12.023

DOLGOPOLOVA A, SELTMANN R, ARMSTRONG R, Belousova E, Pankhurst RJ, Kavalieris I (2013) Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotope systematics of the Hugo Dummett Cu-Au porphyry deposit (Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia). Lithos, : 47 - 64. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2012.11.017

Hezel DC, Elangovan P, Viehmann S, Howard L, Abel RL, Armstrong R (2013) Visualisation and quantification of CV chondrite petrography using micro-tomography. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 116 : 33 - 40. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2012.03.015

ELANGOVAN P, HEZEL DC, HOWARD L, ARMSTRONG R, ABEL RL (2012) PhaseQuant: A tool for quantifying tomographic data sets of geological specimens. Computers & Geosciences, 48 : 323 - 329. doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2012.01.014

ARMSTRONG R, HERRINGTON R, DOLGOPOLOVA A, SELTMANN R (2011) CERCAMS Newsletter #14. CERCAMS-XIV Workshop "Ore Giants of Asia" (Proceedings of the Annual Winter Meeting of MDSG), NHM London: 5-7 January 2011. Applied Earth Science (Trans. Inst. Min. Metall. B), 119 : 78 - 119.

DOLGOPOLOVA A, SELTMANN R, ARMSTRONG R, Belousova E, Pankhurst R (2011) Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotope systematics of the Oyu Tolgoi Cu-Au deposit (Mongolia). In: Goldschmidt Conference Abstracts, Prague, 14-19 August 2011. Mineralogical Magazine, 75

HEZEL DC, ELANGOVAN P, ABEL RL, HOWARD LE, ARMSTRONG R (2011) 3D structure of carbonaceous chondrites. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 46

MÜLLER A, HERRINGTON R, ARMSTRONG R, SELTMANN R, Kirwin DJ, Stenina NG, Kronz A (2010) Trace elements and cathodoluminescence of quartz in stockwork veins of Mongolian porphyry-style deposits. IMA 2010 20th general meeting of the international mineralogical association, Budapest, Hungary, 21-27 August 2010. Acta Mineralogica-Petrographica, 6

ARMSTRONG R, Kozelj D, HERRINGTON R (2005) The Majdanpek Cu-Au Porphyry Deposit of Eastern Serbia: A Review. , Porter TM, Super Porphyry Copper & Gold Deposits: A Global Perspective., pp. 453 - 466. PGC Publishing. Adelaide.

Edfelt Å, ARMSTRONG RN, SMITH MP, Martinsson O (2005) Alteration paragenesis and mineral chemistry of the Tjårrojåkka apatite-iron and Cu (-Au) occurrences, Kiruna area, northern Sweden. Mineralium Deposita, 40 : 409 - 434.

Gerel O, Amar-Amgalan S, Oyungerel S, Myagmarsuren S, Kirwin D, ARMSTRONG R, HERRINGTON R, SELTMANN R (2005) Granitoids and related mineralization of Mongolia: Petrochemistry and mineral deposits GIS. , Mao J, Bierlein F, Mineral Deposit Research: Meeting the global challenge. Proceedings of the eighth Biennial SGA meeting, Beijing, China, 18-21 August 2005., pp. 1313 - 1316. Springer-Verlag. Berlin Heidelberg.

HERRINGTON RJ, ARMSTRONG RN, Yakubchuk A, SELTMANN R, Shatov V, Gerel O, Koval P, Berzina A (2005) Analysis of magmatic belts of Mongolia utilising a new combined geology map and petrochemistry GIS product. , SELTMANN R, Gerel O, Kirwin DJ, Geodynamics and Metallogeny of Mongolia with a Special Emphasis on Copper and Gold Deposits. SEG-IAGOD Field Trip, 14-16 August 2005, 8th Biennial SGA Meeting; IAGOD Guidebook Series 11., pp. 53 - 62. CERCAMS/NHM. London. 225 pp.

HERRINGTON R, Maslennikov V, Zaykov V, Seravkin I, Kosarev I, Buschmann B, Orgeval JJ, HOLLAND N, Tesalina S, Nimis P, ARMSTRONG R (2005) Classification of VMS deposits: Lessons from the South Uralides. Ore Geology Reviews, 27 : 203 - 237.

ARMSTRONG R, HERRINGTON RJ, SAVAGE MA (2003) Tennantite and tyrolite from the Coed y Brenin Forest, North Wales. Journal of the Russell Society, 8

Highlighted publications

Guy A, Schulmann K, Clauer N, Hasalova P, Seltmann R, et al (2014) Late Paleozoic-Mesozoic tectonic evolution of the Trans-Altai and South Gobi Zones in southern Mongolia based on structural and geochronological data. Gondwana Research, 25 (1): 309 - 337. doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2013.03.014